Turkish Jazz with Golden Horn Brass

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Yunus Emre Institute, together with Turkish Embassy , will organize an unique turkish jazz concert in Bucharest, on November 6th 2017. The famous Golden Horn Brass quintet will play their music at Bucharest National Theatre.

Golden Horn Brass, the first brass quintet of Turkey, consisting of distinguished Turkish musicians (2 trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a tuba) was founded by Begüm (Gökmen) Azimzade in July 2004 with an aim to increase the popularity and spread of brass instruments through concerts and other performance events.

The band presents the audiences a brand new sound, quite different from ordinary instrument combinations. Despite the global scarcity of musical pieces available for this type of a band to play, the five musicians that make up the band decided to pursue the “difficult but beautiful” road, following their dream.  The band plays music especially made by Turkish composers at the request of the band, as well as world- famous music, from baroque to jazz genres, adapted specifically for the group to play.

Golden Horn Brass, the band who synthetize the Turkish and world music

All members of the Quintet have their educational background in Western classical music. They currently serve as members of the Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra and Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, as well as continuing to perform with Golden Horn Brass. They have a wide range of repertoire combining classical, jazz, pop and Anatolian folk songs with their unique style in a musical synthesis of Turkish and world cultures.

Consisting of horn, trombone, tuba and two trumpets, Golden Horn Brass gave numerous concerts at schools, outdoor and indoor venues to convey their message to young people that music is an accessible resource for everyone; to show students the relationship between music and life; and to eliminate the distance between young people and art in general. In 2007, they launch a series of  “educational concerts” they performed at elementary schools.

They aimed to overcome the common perception of “classical music” which is a music genre of European origin signifying cultural sophistication level; to make young people become good audiences instead of being just “onlookers”; and to bring a whole new perspective to their perception towards the world surrounding them. For this purpose, they meticulously developed a colorful repertoire ranging from the Baroque period to present, as well as commissioning many Turkish composers to write pieces for them.

Peter Korner – TROMBON

Born in Germany on March 2nd, 1974, Peter Korner got his first trombone lessons from Oliver Siefert, professor of Frankfurt College of Music and the solo trombonist of Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. After graduating from Weimar College with a grade A, he studied toward a PhD at Munich College of Music with Prof. Wolfram Amdt, the solo trombonist of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (1999-2002).

He took part in activities of many orchestras: Detmold Opera, Nürnberg Opera, ‘’Beethovenhalle Bonn’’, DSO Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1997, he won Junge Deutsche Philharmonic membership and the first degree in `Jan Koetsier` contest with his quartet in which he was the 1. trombone. In summer 1997 he joined Bayerischer  Rundfunk orchestra academy and received  `Villa-Musika-Stiftung’ scholarship between the years 1997-99. Currently Peter is a trombonist for Bilkent Symphony Orchestra.

Noriyoshi Murakami – TUBA

Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1978, Noriyoshi Murakami started his education in Tokyo in 1993 and took the first Tuba lesson by Hiroyuki Matsushita. Between 1997-2000 he continued in Showa Academia Musicae by Kensuke YAO. Yoshi played for the following orchestras: Showa Akademia Symphoniker, Collegium Musicum Schloss Pommersfelden, International Attergau Orkestras, Hamamatsu Filarmoni Orkestras, Göttinger Senfoni Orkestras, Bilkent Senfoni Orkestras. Since 2010 he is playing in Bilkent Symphony Orchestra and took place in Golden Horn Brass Quintet.

Julian Lupu – TROMPET

Born in Romania, Julian Lupu studied at the High School of Music “Octav Bancila” Iasi, Academy of Music “George Enescu” Iasi with Diploma solo Trumpet and Pedagogy. Courses at Bayreuth, and Constanta. Records 4 CDs at `Olympia` London, Radio-TV Romania and Turkey. He play many concerts in Napoli, Firenze, Parma, Palermo, Roma, Milano, Bucharest, Rennes, Paris, Laussane , Zurich, Koln, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bamberg, Hannover, Ankara, Istanbul, Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia, Valencia, Tokyo etc. Now he is 1 solo trumpet and group leader of Bilkent Symphony Orchestra Ankara and trumpet teacher in Music Faculty of Bilkent University.

Elmar Azimzade – TROMPET

Elmar Azimzade started his music training at the age of 8 with his father, Refik Azimov, who was a famous music educator for children and orchestra chief in Azerbaijan. He graduated from the trumpet branch of Baku State Music Academy with Masters degree in 1993. He completed his high school education in the class of the famous Timofey Doksitser, President of the World Trumpeters Association. In 1982, Elmar was awarded the first degree in the National Wind Instruments of Baku. Azimzade, who is the prime mover and a member of Golden Horn Brass Quintet, also currently plays for the Istanbul Brass Band chamber music group. He has been soloist trumpeter for Istanbul State Opera and Ballet Orchestra since 1995.

Begum Azimzade

At the outset of her academic musical career, Begüm (Gökmen) Azimzade won the exam given by Bilkent University, Faculty of Music and Stage Arts in 1991 and she started her education of horn with Prof. Mahir Çakar and graduated with an honour degree in 2000. She started off her career by attending the horn symposium in Cloppenburg, Germany. After attending various workshops and youth orchestras abroad, Begüm moved to Istanbul, and she completed her MA degree at Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory with Cem Köse in 2002.

She is the founder of Golden Horn Brass Quintet. In 2008, she was chosen by the Austrian band Sonus Brass to accompany the band to give concerts in 5 cities of Austria. Since 2004, Begüm has been working as a researcher at the Mimar Sinan University State Conservatory, and recently she has been organizing concerts in elementary schools and cities of Anatolia.